Ross County 2
Dundee Utd 4
League (Premiership)

Ross County 

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Dundee Utd

League (Premiership)
Sunday, September 15th, 2013
GlobalEnergy Stadium. Att. 3,005
12:45 PM Kick-off

Ivan Sproule (72)
Rocco Quinn (77)
Gary Mackay-Steven (pen.) (18)
Stuart Armstrong (20)
Ryan Gauld (40)
Nadir Çiftçi (65)

Team Managers
Derek Adams Jackie McNamara

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Mihael Kovačević
Ben Gordon
Grant Munro
Brian McLean
Stuart Kettlewell
Richard Brittain
Rocco Quinn
Graham Carey
Ivan Sproule
Kevin Luckassen
Radoslaw Cierzniak .1
Andrew Robertson .26
Seán Dillon .2
John Souttar .20
Keith Watson .12
Paul Paton .6
John Rankin .8
Ryan Gauld .19
Gary Mackay-Steven .11
Stuart Armstrong .10
Nadir Çiftçi .21

Michael Fraser
Scott Boyd
Branislav Mićić
Melvin De Leeuw
Darren Maatsen
Steven Ross
Orhan Mustafi
Marc McCallum .25
Mark Wilson .16
Darren Petrie .40
Brian Graham .9
Kudus Oyenuga .28
Ryan Dow .18
David Goodwillie .7

Orhan Mustafi for Mihael Kovačević (59)
Melvin De Leeuw for Ben Gordon (60)
Scott Boyd for Grant Munro (70)
Ryan Dow for Stuart Armstrong (69)
David Goodwillie for Nadir Çiftçi (72)
Brian Graham for Ryan Gauld (85)

Richard Brittain (28) Stuart Armstrong (20)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Brian Colvin (Referee)

Match Report

With Gavin Gunning suspended, John Souttar was called into action by manager Jackie McNamara, handing the centre half his first Premiership appearance of the season. The only other change to the starting XI that faced Celtic two weeks ago was that of Ryan Gauld in for David Goodwillie, the latter dropping to the bench. The Dingwall side remained unchanged from the side that drew 0-0 at Easter Road when last they played.

Nadir Ciftci wasted no time in recording United's first shot on target. Testing Mark Brown with a strike from a free kick. A flurry of corners ensued, albeit to no avail, however the Terrors would eventually see the fruits of their labour when Gary Mackay-Steven was fouled by Brown; referee Brian Colvin unsurprisingly awarding the visitors a penalty. Gary Mackay-Steven duly obliged with the spot kick and calmly scored. Within two minutes of the opener, United had double their lead. Following great link-up play with Ryan Gauld, Ciftci turned provider and with Stuart Armstrong lurking, his well placed cross found the head of the midfielder, leaving Brown standing. The afternoon continued to get worse for the home side as Ryan Gauld finished off a chance of his own, expertly slotting the ball across the outstretched body of Brown as the keeper and his defence could only watch it trundle in at the far post. At 3-0, United looked unstoppable. A late chance for Andrew Robertson flew over the bar and with only one minute of added time required, the first half drew to a close.

No doubt the recipients of a stern talking to from manager Derek Adams, County emerged for the second half with slightly more zip about them, however it was United who would enjoy the first opportunities, Ciftci then Gauld trying their luck facing the "Jail End". It was Ciftci on fifty-five minutes who would force Brown into action once again, with the finger tips to the rescue as the score remained 3-0. Nadir Ciftci was not to be denied on his third time of asking though. Clean through on goal Nadir Çiftçi calmly dribbled past Brown before placing the ball into the net to score his third goal in as many games for the Club. The the next goal of the game did in fact come for the home side; Ivan Sproule's dipping shot taking a deflection as it looped past Cierzniak. Were it not for the five minutes that followed, Sproule's goal may have merely been deemed a consolation but on seventy-seven minutes, a wicked Carey cross met Rocco Quinn who made no mistake in scoring County's second. With only fifteen minutes on the clock, County believed they may have been on for a comeback. It was not to be however. Resolute play across the park from United following a wild few minutes saw the Terrors reassert their authority. The win pushes United into fifth place in the Premiership table, with a goal difference bettered only by first placed Inverness Caledonian Thistle and second placed Celtic.

Match Photos courtesy of Riki Grauer - More photos available at:
Dundee United Official Flickr Page

Squad Statistics (as at September 15th, 2013)

2013-14 All Time
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)30 7 - 53 -
Seán Dillon30 7 - 2413
Keith Watson23 511127
Andrew Robertson19 7 - 7 -
John Souttar16 2 - 11 -
Paul Paton26 7 - 7 -
Stuart Armstrong21 63898
John Rankin30 6 - 947
Ryan Gauld17 62183
Gary Mackay-Steven23 627114
Nadir Çiftçi21 6363
Brian Graham (sub)25 5 - 5 -
Ryan Dow (sub)22 5 - 332
David Goodwillie (sub)24 7114341

League Table (as at September 15th, 2013)

No league table has been added for this season.